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Program: Digital Korea

Digital Korea: History, Use, and Effects of New Communication Technologies   

November 13-14, 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Friday, November 13  |  2435 North Quad

9:00     Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:55     Historical Approaches to Digital Korea

Inkyu Kang (Penn State University, The Behrend College): Technology, Culture, and Meanings: How the Discourses of Progress and Modernity Have Shaped South Korea’s Internet Diffusion

Shin Dong Kim (Hallym University): The Korean models of ICT development: Instrumental state, innovative business, and inquisitive consumers

Sunyoung Yang (University of Toronto): Networking South Korea: Internet, Nation, and New Subjects

Discussants: Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University), Aswin Punathambekar (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Juhn Ahn (University of Michigan)

11:10 – 12:10     Digitizing the Analog

Jennifer Kang (University of Texas at Austin): Just another Platform for Television? The Emerging Web Dramas in South Korea

Michael Prentice (University of Michigan): Digitizing management decisions & mimicking corporate hierarchy online: a case of electronic decision-making at a Korean conglomerate

Discussants: Inkyu Kang (Penn State University, The Behrend College), Paddy Scannell(University of Michigan)

Moderator: Se-Mi Oh (University of Michigan)

1:30 – 2:55     Digital Media, Values, and Social Life

Hye-ryeon Lee (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Hye Eun Lee (University of Hawaii at Manoa), and Jounghwa Choi (Hallym University): Motivation and the Use of Social Media: A Cross-cultural Analysis of Psychological Well-being and Culture in the United States and Korea

Soojung Kim (University of North Dakota) and Jisu Huh (University of Minnesota): Korean Consumers' Privacy Concerns and Responses to Online Behavioral Advertising and the Influence of Cultural Values

Nojin Kwak (University of Michigan) and Hoon Lee (Kyung Hee University): Social values, mobile communication, and social engagement in South Korea

Discussants: Yongick Jeong (Louisiana State University), Jisu Huh (University of Minnesota), Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Hyojung Park (Louisiana State University)

3:10 – 4:30     Kyu Ho Youm (University of Oregon): Keynote


Freedom of Expression in the World’s Most Wired Nation: South Korea Serving as a Digital Free-Speech Laboratory?
Saturday, November 14  |  2435 North Quad

8:30 – 9:55     Digital Politics and Citizen Activism

Yong-Chan Kim (Yonsei University) and Eui-Kyung Shin (Yonsei University): Localized use of information and communication technologies in urban neighborhoods of Seoul: Experiences, intentions, and related factors

Jiyeon Kang (University of Iowa): Internet Activism Transforming Street Politics: The 2008 “Mad Cow” Candlelight Festivals and New Democratic Sensibilities

Joon Soo Lim (Syracuse University): Effects of Social Proof and Visual Irony on the Perceptions of Crisis and Boycott Intentions

Discussants: Seungahn Nah (University of Kentucky), Sung-Un Yang (Indiana University),Brian Weeks (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Sun Young Lee (Texas Tech University)

10:10 – 11:10     Mobile Telephony in South and North Korea

Casey Robinson (Waseda University): Kim Jong-Un and The Role of Mobile Phones in the Transformation of Korea

Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University): Mobile Communication, Globalization, and Technological Hegemony

Discussant: Scott Campbell (University of Michigan)

Moderator: David Chung (University of Michigan)